Sports broadcaster Drew Morphett dies aged 69
VETERAN sports broadcaster Drew Morphett has died, aged 69.
Morphett, who retired last year, was found by wife Karen at their Pakenham home late last night.
It is believed Morphett had been watching the AFL match between Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs.
Long-time friend and colleague Tim Lane said he was deeply shocked by the news.
"We go back a long way. Drew was always the life of the party.''
Morphett, who was born in Sydney and grew up in the Cronulla region, celebrated his 69th birthday on Tuesday.
In one of his final tweets, the broadcaster was photographed sitting next to Melbourne Storm rugby league captain Cameron Smith on a flight back from Sydney last Sunday.
Flew back from Sydney last night - Melb Storm on flight. Honoured to sit next to Cam Smith - legend pic.twitter.com/Oms72i3SAC— Drew Morphett OAM (@drewmorphett) August 20, 2017
Morphett spent long periods with the ABC and Channel 7, and also worked as a host and guest speaker.
He started his professional career at the ABC in 1966 as an 18-year-old sports trainee reporter.
He became known to Melbourne audiences as a football commentator for radio and TV during the 1980s.
Morphett covered other sports and attended several Olympic Games specialising in cycling, hockey and diving.
In 1988 he joined Channel 7 and called the footy for the next 13 seasons, then joined the ABC Radio Grandstand team.
He received an Order of Australia Medal in 2014 for his contribution to broadcasting.